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Winter 2014 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
OUR MISS BROOKS (1-1-50) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin. Miss Brooks accepts an offer to babysit on New Year’s Eve from Mr. Conklin. Cast includes Jeffrey Silver; Bob Lemond announces. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
BIG TOWN (12-28-48) “Dangerous Resolution” starring Edward Pawley as Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, with Fran Carlon as reporter Lorelei Kilborn. At the end of the year, a young man resolves to quit his job as a truck driver for a gangster. Lifebuoy, NBC. (30 min)
COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-31-65 and 1-1-66) From the Pick-Congress Hotel in Chicago with announcer Jerry Mitchell. The Basie band plays “Auld Lang Syne,” “All of Me,” “Chestnut Street Ramble,” “Sometimes I’m Happy,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and others. Sustaining, NBC. (34 min)
SWEENEY AND MARCH SHOW (12-31-47) Bob Sweeney and Hal March star, with Hans Conried, Hy Averback, Jane Morgan, Florence Halop, Tommy Bernard, Lud Gluskin and the Orchestra. Hal and Bob are making plans for a New Year’s Eve block party. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (12-28-58) “The 32nd of December” starring Frank Lovejoy. A man who wants to cover his gambling debts plans to pawn his wife’s ring for cash but finds himself drawn to an unusual antique clock. Cast includes Joan Banks, Barney Phillips, Sam Pierce, Norm Alden. Sustaining, CBS. (19 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-27-42) From the Vanderbilt Theater in New York City, with Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, the Benny Goodman Sextet (in place of Phil Harris’ orchestra), and guest Fred Allen, who joins Jack and the gang for their annual New Year’s Fantasy, “The New Tenant.” Grape-Nuts flakes, NBC. (28 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1-8-44) Chapter One of “The City of the Dead,” starring Elliott Lewis as Capt. Bart Friday and Barton Yarborough as sidekick Skip Turner in this series by Carlton E. Morse, creator of I Love a Mystery and One Man’s Family. The adventure begins with the theft of a young couple’s car, the sound of phantom church bells, and the “Mayor” of a graveyard! Cast includes Richard LeGrand, Janet Waldo, Sam Edwards. Syndicated. (25 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (6-28-48) “Up in Central Park” starring Deanna Durbin, Dick Haymes and Charles Irwin in a radio version of their 1948 movie about a newspaper reporter’s efforts to root out corruption in 1870s New York. Cast includes Willard Waterman as Boss Tweed. Camel Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min) Deanna Durbin died in April 2013, at the age of 91.
SUSPENSE (6-19-47) “Dead of Night” starring Elliott Reid, with Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher, Joseph Kearns. A brother comes to the aid of his sister after she kills her abusive husband. Truman Bradley announces. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min) Elliott Reid died on June 21, 2013, at the age of 93.
N-K MUSICAL SHOWROOM (11-28-45) The Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) star, with Vic Shoen and the Orchestra, Curt Massey and the Ambassadors and guests Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, who perform their legendary “Who’s On First?” routine. The Sisters sing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Put That Ring on My Finger.” Harlow Wilcox announces. Nash-Kelvinator, CBS. (29 min) Patty Andrews died on January 30, 2013, at the age of 94.
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1-15-44) Chapter Two of “The City of The Dead”: “I’ve Dug Up Something Ghastly.” When Mayor Friday is shot during his investigation of the old church, Doc Tooner calls Captain Friday in to investigate. Syndicated. (25 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1-22-44) Chapter Three of “The City of The Dead”: “The Body That Walked Off.” Jimmy discovers a dead body and Captain Friday sees a monster! Syndicated. (26 min)
DRENE TIME (12-15-46) The first show in the series, starring Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas, with announcer Tobe Reed, Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra. Danny envisions himself as a radio star. Later, Ameche and Langford perform in the first “Bickersons” sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (29 min) Danny Thomas was born on January 6, 1914.
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1-29-44) Chapter Four of “The City of The Dead”: “Old Clawfoot Again.” Captain Friday and Doc explore a cabin and find three bodies there! Syndicated. (26 min)
X MINUS ONE (11-7-56) “Appointment in Tomorrow” is a story of the future, in which society is governed by a super computer and the “Thinkers” who run it. Cast includes Arthur Hughes, Bob Hastings, Charles Penman, Dean Olmquist, Pat Hosley, Ted Osborne, Floyd Mack. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
OLD GOLD COMEDY THEATRE (5-20-45) “Boy Meets Girl” stars Ann Sothern, Chester Morris and Lee Tracy in a radio version of the 1938 film, about two screenwriters who must write a movie for a cowboy star. Harold Lloyd hosts. Old Gold Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (2-5-44) Chapter Five of “The City of The Dead”: “The Skeleton Walks In.” As Captain Friday returns to the Mayor’s cottage, Parker and Phyllis explain what brought them to the City of the Dead. Syndicated. (26 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (2-12-44) Chapter six of “The City of the Dead”: “The Ghoul in the Grave.” A skeleton brings a strange message. Syndicated. (26 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-21-12) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with Alan Young, speaking from his home in Los Angeles, as he looks back on his remarkable career in radio, movies and television. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (37 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ALAN YOUNG SHOW (12-18-45) With Jim Backus as Hubert Updyke III, Ed Begley, Four Chicks and Chuck. Alan decides to propose to his girlfriend Betty, but her father and Hubert team up to thwart his plans. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
THE LINE-UP (9-26-51) “The Fur-Flaunting Floozy” stars Bill Johnstone as Lt. Ben Guthrie, Wally Maher as Sgt. Matt Grebb. The police investigate when a woman wearing a fur coat is shot to death. Cast: Hy Averback, Peter Leeds, Jeanette Nolan, Howard McNear, Lee Patrick, Virginia Gregg, Harry Lang. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
GENE AUTRY’S MELODY RANCH (1950s) A program of music, comedy and adventure with Gene and Pat Buttram. Gene sings “Teardrops From My Eyes,” “I Went To Your Wedding,” “Soon To Be Forgotten,” and “Heading For the Last Round-Up.” Later, he tells the story of “Pat Buttram, Private Eye.” Syndicated. (24 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (2-19-44) Chapter seven of “The City of the Dead”: “Captain Friday Vanishes.” Jimmy and Phyllis tend to Doc Tooner. Syndicated. (25 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (2-26-44) Chapter eight of “The City of the Dead”: “The Kidnapping of Clawfoot.” There are mysterious footsteps outside the cottage... and the Mayor is strangled by an intruder! Syndicated. (26 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (11-20-51) With Les Brown and His Band of Renown and guests Toni Arden, Jerry Colonna and George Raft. Hope is getting his house renovated and having trouble with the contractor (played by Colonna). Later, he encounters Raft at the supermarket. Chesterfield Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min) Read the article about George Raft in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (3-4-44) Chapter nine of “The City of the Dead”: “Trail of the Phantom Church Bell.” Parker and Doc go into the fog-shrouded City of the Dead to find the source of the bell. Syndicated. (25 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-1-37) “Mr. Deeds Goes To Town” starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur and Lionel Stander, re-creating the roles they played in Frank Capra’s 1936 film. A country bumpkin comes to New York City after inheriting 20 million dollars. Guests are reporter Fay Gillis and Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Announcer is Melville Ruick. Lux Soap, CBS. (23 min & 11 min & 24 min) Read the article about Frank Capra and Mr. Deeds in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (3-11-44) “Where the Pearls Were Hidden” is the tenth and final chapter of “The City of the Dead.” Syndicated. (26 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-4-40) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Mary Kelly. In the first of four consecutive programs, Jack offers to take the cast to Yosemite for a Winter vacation. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-30-45) It’s the first show of the new season and no one can agree on what time it is! With Mary, Phil, Don, Rochester, Larry Stevens, Dick Lane, and Sara Berner and Bea Benaderet making their first appearance as the telephone operators, Mabel and Gertrude. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min) Read the article about Bea Benaderet in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (4-5-51) “Murder in G-Flat” starring Jack Benny as a mild-mannered piano tuner who mistakenly picks up a handbag containing $25,000. Cast includes Bea Benaderet, Joseph Kearns, Paul Frees, Larry Thor, Jack Kruschen, Clayton Post. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-30-44) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Bea Benaderet as Eve Goodwin, Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson and Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, who offers to host a party for Gildy following his engagement to Eve. Ken Carpenter announces. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-29-42) “Parent By Proxy,” starring Jack Benny and Paulette Goddard, with Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns, Frank Nelson. A plumbing fixture salesman wins the privilege of adopting a French orphan. Roger Prior hosts. Gulf Oil, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-12-39) With Mary, Don, Phil, Rochester, Kenny Baker. With his birthday just two days away, Jack receives a most unusual gift: a polar bear! Later, the cast performs a sketch, “Love Finds Annie Hardy.” Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-11-40) With Mary, Phil, Don, Dennis, Rochester, Mary Kelly, Elliott Lewis. In the second of four consecutive shows, the gang continue their trip to Yosemite National Park in Jack’s Maxwell. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY (12-4-48) It’s Jack Benny’s singer as the star of his own show, with Barbara Eiler as Mildred, Dink Trout and Bea Benaderet as Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. The Andersons are excited when a veteran stage actress comes to town. Dennis sings “Clancy Lowered the Boom.” Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (30 min)
BING CROSBY SHOW (2-12-53) With announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, violinist Joe Venuti and Jack Benny, who’s worried about his upcoming surprise birthday party. Joe plays “Body and Soul.” General Electric, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-20-49) With Mary, Phil, Dennis, Don, Rochester, Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bea Benaderet and guest Van Johnson, who joins Jack for a double date at Ciro’s with the telephone operators, Mabel and Gertrude. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
TWELVE PLAYERS (10-6-45) “Checkerboard” is a series of vignettes that all take place on a single block in a residential neighborhood, with a cast of “Hollywood’s outstanding radio artists”: Jack Moyles, Lurene Tuttle, Edmond MacDonald, Cathy Lewis, Jay Novello, Bea Benaderet, Mary Jane Croft, Hal March, John Lake, John Brown and Herbert Rawlinson. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-15-42) With Mary, Phil, Don, Dennis, Rochester, Sam Hearn, Carolyn Lee. In a flashback to the day before, Jack tries to figure out what to do on his birthday, unaware that the cast is planning a surprise party for him. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-18-40) With Mary, Phil, Don, Dennis, Rochester. In the third of four consecutive shows, Jack and the gang finally arrive at Yosemite for their vacation and look forward to skiing. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (2-3-50) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, with Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as Rudolph and Iris Atterbury. Liz and Iris want to go to the country club dance, but their husbands plan on going to the fights instead. Cast includes Richard Crenna, Sam Edwards. AFRTS rebroadcast. (24 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-16-54) With Dennis, Don, Rochester, Bob Crosby, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet as Gertrude. In a flashback to the previous week, Jack gets a massage after his radio show and takes Gertrude to a French restaurant. AFRTS rebroadcast. (26 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #140 (recorded 9-30-44) Deanna Durbin hosts, with help from Jack Benny and guests James Cagney, Ginger Rogers, Martha Tilton and Tommy Dorsey, who presents an all-star jam session with Ziggy Ellman, Lionel Hampton, Les Paul and Buddy Rich! Cagney sings songs from Yankee Doodle Dandy. AFRS. (28 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (10-16-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Gale Gordon as Mayor LaTrivia, Arthur Q. Bryan as Doctor Gamble, Bea Benaderet as Mrs. Carstairs, Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, announcer Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, the King’s Men. McGee offers to get railroad tickets for Mrs. Carstairs. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-17-46) With Mary, Don, Phil, Rochester, Larry Stevens, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc. Jack recalls his recent birthday and his last violin lesson from Professor LeBlanc (Mel Blanc). Rochester calls long-distance after being lost at sea for two days! Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-25-40) The fourth show in the series about the cast’s trip to Yosemite. It’s Jack’s birthday and he’s in bed after his skiing accident. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (9-9-45) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with Bea Benaderet, John Brown, Joel Davis, Tommy Cook, Louise Erickson, the King Sisters. When David gets into a fight, the Nelsons have differing opinions on how to reprimand him. International Silver, CBS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-17-55) With Rochester, Don, Dennis, The Sportsmen Quartet, Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns, Bea Benaderet, Shirley Mitchell and guest Bob Hope, who joins Jack for a picnic with Mabel and Gertrude. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
ARCH OBOLER’S PLAYS (5-10-45) “Holiday 1940-X” starring Norman Field and Bea Benaderet in a story about the end of World War II. A couple must travel to Europe for the sad task of bringing home the remains of their son. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (11-29-45) With Bill Goodwin, Meredith Willson and the orchestra, Shirley Mitchell and guest Jack Benny. When George must enroll in college to collect a $5,000 inheritance, Gracie asks Jack to take classes with him. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-13-49) With Mary, Don, Phil, Dennis, Rochester, Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner. It’s the day before Jack’s birthday and Jack announces that he’s finally going to turn 40! Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 1
THIS DAY, THAT YEAR
PHILO VANCE (March 1, 1949) “The Listless Murder Case” stars Jackson Beck as Vance, with George Petrie as District Attorney Markham. The famous detective investigates when the head of a fraudulent charitable organization is murdered. Cast includes Mandel Kramer, Barry Thomson. Syndicated. (27 min)
LUM AND ABNER (March 1, 1935) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star as the proprietors of the Jot ‘Em Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Abner must figure out what to do with a large quantity of soap he purchased from a traveling salesman. Horlick’s Malted Milk, MBS. (15 min)
STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (March 1, 1952) “When the Police Arrive” starring Joan Crawford, with Ted Osborne. Following the murder of a rich relative, a couple discusses their future plans. Art Ballinger announces. Carnation Milk, CBS. (29 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (March 1, 1945) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eugenie Baird and 11-year-old violinist Sandra Berkova. Bing sings “Evalina,” “Magic Is the Moonlight,” “This Heart of Mine,” and a medley of songs from 1940. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (March 1, 1940) An isolated episode of the long-running series, with Bill Bouchey as the Captain. The Captain receives a telegram from Ivan Shark. Don Gordon announces. Skelly Oil, MBS. (14 min)
INFORMATION PLEASE (March 1, 1943) From Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, it’s “time to stump the experts” as master of ceremonies Clifton Fadiman welcomes guest Will Rogers Jr. and regular panelists Oscar Levant, John Kieran and Franklin P. Adams. Ben Grauer announces. Heinz Foods, NBC. (30 min)
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (March 1, 1959) John Dehner stars as Paladin, with Ben Wright as Hey Boy. Paladin must intervene when Hey Boy sets out to avenge the death of his brother. Cast includes Joseph Kearns, Edgar Barrier, Paul Dubov, Lou Krugman. Participating sponsors, CBS. (25 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-7-47) From Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, CA, with guests Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers. Roy shows Charlie how to be a movie cowboy and sings “Loaded Pistols.” With Ken Carpenter, Anita Gordon, Pat Patrick as Ercil Twing, Ray Noble and the Orchestra. Chase and Sanborn Coffee, NBC. (30 min)
BOLD VENTURE (4-2-51) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall star as Slate Shannon and Sailor Duval, with Jester Hairston as King Moses. A young Chinese woman on Slate’s boat is killed over a statue. Syndicated. (27 min)
GRAND MARQUEE (7-9-46) “Half a Dog Is Better Than None” stars Jim Ameche in the premiere show of this series, with Beryl Vaughn, Herb Butterfield, Hope Summers, Charles Eggleston, announcer George Stone. A rich woman’s crooked nephew and her inefficient traveling companion must take care of a dog to qualify for an inheritance. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SEALED BOOK (4-15-45) “Escape By Death” is the story of two elderly sisters who want to leave their niece and nephew and move back to their family home. With Philip Clarke as the Keeper of the Book. Syndicated. (29 min)
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (2-6-48) Spike Jones and the City Slickers star in a broadcast from Chicago, with Dorothy Shay, Doodles Weaver as Professor Feedlebaum and guests The Mills Brothers. The City Slickers play “I’m Just Wild About Harry”; Dorothy sings “Feudin’, Fussin’, and Fightin’”; The Mills Brothers sing “Across the Alley From the Alamo.” Mike Wallace announces. Coca-Cola, CBS. (30 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (1-20-49) “Parnassus on Wheels” starring Ruth Hussey in a radio adaptation of the story by Christopher Morley. A woman buys a traveling bookstore and sets out on her own. Cast includes Ed Begley, Howard McNear. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
THE SHADOW (10-6-40) “Death in a Minor Key” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston, with Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margo Lane. The Shadow investigates when a friend of Lamont’s claims that he is being held against his will in a sanitarium. Cast includes Keenan Wynn, Richard Widmark, Kenny Delmar. Sustaining, MBS. (27 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (10-4-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, Barbara Eiler as Babs, Tommy Cook as Junior, Ken Christy as Mr. Stevenson. Riley receives a promotion at work but fears he’s being put out to pasture. Prell, NBC. (30 min)
MYSTERY IN THE AIR (8-7-47) “The Marvelous Barrastro” starring Peter Lorre in a story by Ben Hecht. A magician describes how he plans to murder a rival who plotted to steal the magician’s wife. Henry (Harry) Morgan announces, with John Brown, Barbara Eiler, Howard Culver, Jane Morgan, Russell Thorson. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
VIC AND SADE (6-8-42) Art Van Harvey is Vic, with Bernardine Flynn as Sade, who has received a letter from her sister Bess. NBC. (10 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (8-27-49) “The Eager Witness” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, who investigates when a well-respected gentleman testifies on behalf of an accused killer. Cast: Joy Terry, John Dehner, Michael Ann Barrett, Junius Matthews, Ben Wright, Lou Krugman, Lawrence Dobkin. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-11-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, Lou Bring and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Edward Everett Horton, who wants to help Al redecorate his home. Al talks with Oscar about their stay in Palm Springs and sings “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover.” Kraft Foods, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
BOB AND RAY-DIO
BOB AND RAY (11-19-59) “Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS Radio Network.” Wally Ballou reports about the 1964 World’s Fair; the Bob and Ray Trophy Train is in Lansing, Michigan, for its final stop of the year; Bob talks to a man with unusual feet. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (8-1-49) Book 71, Chapter 5: “Father’s Barbour’s Aching Bones,” starring J. Anthony Smythe as Henry Barbour, Minetta Ellen as Fanny Barbour, Barton Yarborough as Clifford. Henry receives a letter from Pinky, while Cliff has a talk with Andy about Miss Evans. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (3-26-47) It’s Arthur and all the “Little Godfreys”: Jeanette Davis, The Mariners, Tony Marvin, Archie Bleyer and the Orchestra and pianist Howard Weiss, winner of the previous night’s Talent Scouts program. Godfrey talks about the recent snowfall; Jeanette sings “Heartaches.” Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (9-27-40) An isolated episode of the series, with Charles Flynn as Jack, John Gannon as Billy, Sarajane Wells as Betty, Jim Goss as Uncle Jim. As they prepare to leave Easter Island, Jack and Billy find that the villainous Anthony Badger is in hot pursuit! Franklyn MacCormack announces. Wheaties, NBC. (15 min)
DOCTOR I.Q., THE MENTAL BANKER (7-13-42) From the stage of the Tower Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The Doctor (Lew Valentine) asks questions of the audience, including a “Thought Twister” and a historical profile. Vitamins Plus, NBC. (29 min)
MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (9-15-49) “The Case of Murder and the Blood-Stained Necklace” starring Bennett Kilpack as Mr. Keen and Jim Kelly as Mike Clancy. A recently widowed woman is found dead with a string of worthless pearls in her hand. Anacin, Kolynos, CBS. (29 min)
PLUS — Throughout the day, we’ll hear Bob and Ray’s parodies of each of these programs. Read the article about Bob and Ray in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
HOPALONG CASSIDY (3-8-50) “The Boss of Vinegar Bend” starring William Boyd as Cassidy, with Andy Clyde as California Carlson. Hoppy offers to help a woman who has been swindled into buying a worthless ranch. Syndicated. (27 min)
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (5-19-48) With Peggy Lee, announcer Howard Petrie, The Crew Chiefs, Candy Candido, Alan Reed, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra and guest Victor Moore, who accompanies Jimmy on a tour of small businesses. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
ESCAPE (11-2-52) “The Running Man” starring Vic Perrin, with Jeanne Bates, Michael Ann Barrett, Ralph Moody, Don Diamond, Barney Philips, Byron Kane. A story of love and voodoo as a plantation owner in Honduras agrees to give up gambling for his fiancee. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
MAGNIFICENT MONTAGUE (3-16-51) Monte Woolley stars as Edwin Montague, with Anne Seymour as Lily, Pert Kelton as Agnes. Edwin goes on a diet in preparation for his upcoming performance at the Proscenium Club. Cast includes Art Carney, Cliff Hall, Gavin Gordon. Don Pardo announces. Sustaining, NBC. (27 min)
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (8-14-47) “The Chivalrous Gunman” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams and John Gibson as Ethelbert. A young woman who witnesses a robbery and murder refuses to identify the killer. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS. (30 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (12-30-45) With Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar, the DeMarco Sisters and guest Gregory Ratoff, who joins Fred for a spoof of Russian radio programs. The Allen’s Alley question is “How do you feel about Mayor LaGuardia’s return to private life?” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
PHILCO RADIO HALL OF FAME (12-26-43) Host Deems Taylor welcomes Fred Allen, Lauritz Melchior, Helen Forrest, Lou Holtz, Raymond Edward Johnson and Paul Whiteman and the Orchestra, who offer a symphonic arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne.” Philco, NBC BLUE.
LIFE OF RILEY (12-31-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg. Riley plans a New Year’s Eve party and plans to invite a serviceman. American Meat Institute, NBC BLUE.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
ESCAPE (3-24-50) “Danger at Matecumbe” starring Frank Lovejoy. A man is asked to impersonate an author and becomes entangled in a web of intrigue. Sustaining, CBS.
JUDY CANOVA SHOW (1-10-48) Judy goes to a psychiatrist after her boyfriend turns down her Leap Year proposal. Colgate-Palmolive, NBC.
THE FALCON (2-20-49) “Murder is a Knockout” starring Les Tremayne as Michael Waring, a.k.a The Falcon, who is hired to find a woman who has run out of town with a gangster’s money. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (1-13-47) Arthur and all the “Little Godfreys” welcome Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson, winner of the 1947 Esquire Jazz Book Poll. Sustaining, CBS.
THIS IS YOUR FBI (10-19-45) “The Marriage Racket.” The FBI’s search for a car thief leads to the discovery of a “marriage and murder” racket. Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC.
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (9-23-45) With guests Keenan Wynn and Anne Baxter. Edgar and Charlie prepare for a trip to New York. AFRS reboardcast.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
SPACE PATROL (10-25-52) “The Hole in Empty Space” with Ed Kemmer as Buzz Corry and Lyn Osborn as Cadet Happy. A force from another dimension threatens the solar system. Ralston Cereals, ABC.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-25-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, who decides that Judge Hooker (Earle Ross) would be happier as a married man. Kraft Foods, NBC.
THE WHISTLER (11-14-48) “Nightmare” starring Joseph Kearns and Eve McVey. A robber on the run enters a strange house and receives a cordial welcome. Signal Oil, CBS.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (2-20-49) After reprimanding David for making two dates for the same day, Ozzie finds himself in a similar situation. International Silver, NBC.
THE SHADOW (5-25-47) “Seance with Death” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston, Grace Matthews as Margo Lane. A man is killed before he can tell the police about a racket that swindles from older and retired people. Carey’s Salt, MBS.
BOB HOPE SHOW (7-1-53) With Bill Goodwin, Margaret Whiting, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, and guest Jane Wyman. It’s the last show of the season and Bob is making vacation plans. AFRS rebroadcast.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
GREEN HORNET (2-7-42) “Reservoir For Murder” starring Al Hodge as the Hornet. A reporter for the Daily Sentinel witnesses the destruction of the city reservoir. Sustaining, NBC BLUE.
MILTON BERLE SHOW (11-4-47) It’s a “Salute to Football” with Pert Kelton, Jack Albertson, Mary Shipp, Billy Sands, John Gibson, Al Kelly, announcer Frank Gallop. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC.
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-30-46) “Rain Fakers” starring Burgess Meredith as a meteorologist who recalls how he saved a town during a drought. DuPont, NBC.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
MATINEE WITH BOB AND RAY (9-30-49) It’s Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding from early in their careers, with Ken Wilson and Bill Green. Participating sponsors, WHDH. Read the article about Bob and Ray in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SHERLOCK HOLMES (11-12-45) “The Speckled Band” starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson. A woman tells Holmes that she is waiting to be murdered. Petri Wines, MBS.
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (10-9-47) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, and guest Lauritz Melchior. Kraft, NBC.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
LUX RADIO THEATRE (7-12-43) “Air Force” starring George Raft and Harry Carey in a radio version of the 1943 film, about a bomber sent to fight in Manila. Lux Soap, CBS. Read the article about George Raft in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SMITHS OF HOLLYWOOD (1-20-47) It’s Uncle Cecil’s birthday and he’s hinting heavily to remind his relatives. With Harry von Zell, Brenda Marshall, Jan Ford, and Arthur Treacher as Cecil. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (3-2-49) “Ambush at Forty Mile” stars Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, who travels to a town plagued by robbers. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC.
OLD GOLD COMEDY THEATRE (1-14-45) “Nothing But the Truth,” starring Alan Young and Anne Baxter in a radio version of the 1941 film. Harold Lloyd hosts. Old Gold Cigarettes, NBC. Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
STORY OF DR. KILDARE (10-20-50) Lew Ayres stars as Dr. Kildare, with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, the roles they played in the MGM movies. A boy is brought to the hospital with severe burns and arson is suspected. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-11-45) With guest Monte Woolley, who is planning to sell his radio because he’s sick of crime programs. AFRS rebroadcast.
DRAGNET (4-6-50) Jack Webb stars as Joe Friday, with Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero. The police investigate the distribution of obscene literature at a local high school. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC.
ONE NIGHT STAND #391 (10-14-44) Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra in a remote broadcast from the Casino Gardens, Ocean Park, California. AFRS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
NIGHTBEAT (11-10-50) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star. An unusual artist asks for Stone’s help in finding a girl. Sustaining, NBC.
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (5-12-42) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees. Fibber is convinced he’s being followed by a foreign spy! Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
CRIME CLUB (5-1-47) “Epitaph For Lydia,” starring Sydney Smith, Jack McBride, Ted Osborne. A woman at a cocktail party has a strange reaction to a painting. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
FIRST NIGHTER (5-24-44) “Speak Ever So Gently,” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule. A movie star and his hard-nosed publicist travel to a small town in Ohio to dedicate a children’s hospital. Campana Products, MBS.
MAN CALLED X (4-17-47) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, with Leon Belasco as Pagan Zeldschmidt. Thurston flies to Kuwait when an oil company is the victim of sabotage. Frigidaire, CBS.
FITCH BANDWAGON (4-25-48) Phil Harris and Alice Faye star, with Elliott Lewis as Frankie Remley, who has taken up sculpting. Fitch Shampoo, NBC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23
SUSPENSE (4-25-46) “Dark Journey” starring Nancy Kelly. A mysterious woman who has been jilted by her lover has the power to “will” him back to her. Roma Wines, CBS.
RED SKELTON SHOW (2-4-47) The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire focuses on “Elevators” with Clem Kadiddlehopper as an elevator operator. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY (9-14-51) Mercedes McCambridge stars as Martha Ellis, who investigates when a teenager is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Sustaining, ABC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (2-1-51) “Take a Letter, Darling” starring Fred MacMurray and Rosalind Russell in a radio adaptation of the 1941 film. A young man becomes the personal secretary to a high-powered female executive. Participating sponsors, NBC.
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (7-14-48) “Case of the Unknown Source” starring Jay Jostyn, who discovers an informant in his office. Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC.
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